HR Business Partner (Director Level)


Redwood City, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: HR
  • Post Date: 02/13/2021
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  • Company Address: , Redwood City, CA

About Alation

Alation, the data catalog company, is building a data-fluent world by changing the way people find, understand, trust, use, and reuse data. The first to bring a data catalog to market, Alation combines machine learning and human collaboration to bring confidence to data-driven decisions.

Job Description

Alation continues to hire for roles at various locations with all interviewing and on-boarding done virtually due to COVID-19 crisis. Everyone new to the Alation team, along with our current workforce, will temporarily work from home until it is safe to return to our offices.

Alation pioneered the data catalog market and today is leading its evolution into a platform for a broad range of data intelligence solutions including data search & discovery, data governance, and digital transformation. Nearly 200 enterprises drive data culture, improve decision making, and realize business outcomes with Alation. For more information, visit

Alation is looking to add a HR Business Partner to our quickly growing People team! The ideal candidate will be both strategic and scrappy, with the ability to embody and scale our culture as we continue to grow. This is a full-time role based in Redwood City, California reporting to the VP People & Culture.

If you’re passionate about data and excited to join a quickly growing team that’s leveraging machine learning to continually improve human understanding, then we want to hear from you. You’ll work to attract a strong set of brand-name customers who are advocates for Alation, including Pfizer, MunichRe, eBay and Albertsons - to name a few.. Alation has been recognized as the leading innovator in the new market category of Data Catalogs. We debuted as a leader in the Gartner Metadata Management Magic Quadrant in 2017, appeared as a Strong Performer in the Forrester Wave™: Data Governance Stewardship and Discovery, Q2 2017 and were recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer in 2015.

What you'll be doing...

  • Collaborate with leadership and other relevant team members to guide people programs and talent model strategy--including performance management, compensation, talent development & feedback, employee engagement & retention, and internal communications.
  • Partner with the VP of People & Culture to promote a culture of learning by supporting leaders and emerging leaders with unbiased perspective, counsel, direct & caring feedback in areas such as org design and planning to scale with Alation's needs.
  • Help determine and develop all employees by creating career paths and training development options for all employees.
  • Provide coaching/guidance on skill-building, talent development, career pathing, change management, collaboration, and handling sticky situations to resolution.
  • Continually evolve people ops practices by analyzing trends and using data to inform, develop people programs, and influence change.
  • Seek opportunities to explore the use of technology and/or more automation wherever you spot inefficiencies to better Alation’s practices.

Who you are...

  • 10+ years of professional (ideally SaaS start-up) experience in various aspects of HR. Must have an in-depth understanding of HR programs--including total rewards, leadership development, coaching, performance management, compliance/labor relations. Bachelor’s, PHR or SPHR, and/or SHRM preferred.
  • Natural, authentic people leadership skills. You are talented at building trust-based relationships at all levels and facilitating difficult conversations and topics. You are a great listener, possess strong interpersonal skills, and are quick to build trust. You maintain objective, honest, confident, and clear communications.
  • Flexibility. You know how to zoom out to think on behalf of an organization and can zoom in to tackle nuances at an individual level. You can pivot quickly on-the-fly--a listening ear to a concerned employee one moment and a trusted advisor to leadership the next. You take comfort in significant responsibility--no matter how administrative or strategic it is.
  • Fluency in “people problem-solving." You’re a quick study who can chart the best course of action while accounting for potential impact across people, teams, and Alation. You have intrinsic curiosity and apply creative thinking to continually better what exists at Alation.
  • Alignment with Alation’s people philosophy. You believe in the impact of building a high-performing team, understand the work that is necessary to keep employees engaged to meet company goals, and are willing to persevere to get us there. You have a deep level of self-awareness and openness to learn and grow.
  • You know how to use data and tech to glean insights.   You are innately curious and are energized by peeling the onion back to understand root causes and impact analysis through data.
  • Gumption to take the wheel before being asked. You raise the bar on delivering a great product. You are a go-getter and diligent project manager, process-driven with exceptional attention to detail, and super-organized with great and highly accountable follow-through.

More About Alation
Our founders have come together from different backgrounds: business, engineering, and design. This unique mix from our founding team is important to the Alation culture story. Today, our team consists of creators and communicators with varied backgrounds - from Stanford, to the Indian Institute of Technology, big companies and one-person startups, the United States, and abroad. We continue to seek ever more diverse perspectives as we grow.

For information about company benefits, please visit Password is Alation20.

Why Alation?
- Market-Leading Data Catalog Provider
- High-growth, collaborative environment with diverse and inclusive teams
- Continuous learning, enrichment and development opportunities
- Competitive pay and health offerings including commuter benefits
- Flexible time off to relax and recharge
and much, much more!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, name, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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